Soccer players exchange jerseys as a sign of respect. This kid in the crowd wanted to skip all the effort of getting older, becoming a star, and getting a jersey.
Instead, he tried his luck making a sign with the hopes that his idol Che Adams may notice, run over, and give him a signed one. But judging by the look on his father’s face, there may be a second motive here. Maybe the kid is just a pawn, and the jersey can be sold in an auction?
Brazilian Drama Is a Must
The game with the highest rating in the World Cup is always the game that involves Brazil. This is, in part, due to the tremendous energy that is exhibited by both the players and the fans. The Brazilian people are known to be highly passionate about their soccer (or what they call 'futebol,') and if you disappoint, they are not quick to forgive.
These 2014 Mundial fans made it clear to Brazilian team coach Filipe Luiz (who they feel has been coaching their team for long enough) that they are ready for a new coach to fill in his cleats. Also, a 2002 championship doesn't mean he should keep coaching the team.
Ronaldo, Nuff Said
Like Messi, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most beloved soccer players in the history of the sport and has been playing in Europe for over a decade.
Although Ronaldo spent most of his career as the Spanish Club Real Madrid star, he later spent a few years playing under the colors of Italian Juventus. Wherever he goes, the fans are ecstatic about his arrival. He looks great, has some of the highest goal score averages in history, and is the personification of the spirit of soccer. Don't believe us? Ask this girl.
"Can I Have It? Can I Have Yo Numba?"
Did you ever imagine what phone privacy looks like for a soccer star? It is probably impossible to keep your phone number a complete secret. A secret is only as good as the number of people that know it, and these players know a lot of people.
The last thing you want is for your teammate to out your phone number to a crazed fan in the stands. That is unless you would like to play a funny prank on him. The best bet is this young fan never got her wish and she still surfs the web today looking for Terry's phone number. Let's wish her luck!
A Slogan for the Centuries
In 2008 UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) launched a media campaign dubbed "Respect." The campaign aimed to create an inclusive atmosphere around soccer towards unity and respect across gender, race, religion, and ability.
This photo was taken at the 2010 World Cup in a match between Brazil and North Korea and is a clear sign that the campaign was a success. After all, sports since the time of the ancient Greek Olympic Games have been a way to unify nations around a commonality that keeps the peace between all cultures. Let's keep the tradition going!